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A celebration of One Million Smiles

The Livelihood Education intervention – Initiative for Livelihood Education and Development (iLEAD) has completed 11 years and reached out to more than 200000 deprived youth. To celebrate this success and to say thanks to all those who stood by us, Aide et Action South Asia organized “ i11-11 Years of transforming 200000 Lives and A Celebration of One Million Smiles” on 31st January 2017 at Birla Auditorium, Jaipur, India.

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Sriya Miss India finalist – Savita, Miss Rajwada – Jyoti Saini, Face of Jaipur 2016 & Jaipur Ikon 2015 – Anu Sharma and many more renowned models walked the ramp along with the iLEAD trainees – Mona, Aparna, Dimple, Bhawna, Radhika, Pinky, Kalpana, Chetna, Reena, Meera, Nisha, Dharmishtha, Neeta and many girls who are part of the iLEAD programme of Aide et Action. The apparal for the show were designed by our fashion trainers from diverse geographies across India under the iLEAD programme supported by Accenture.

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The highlight of the programme was the music launch of iLEAD theme song by renowned bollywood signer Ravindra Upadhyaya (Channel V Super Singer) and upcoming singer Shikha Mathur.The event also saw the lauch of eModules on Digital Literacy in different Languages. The iLEAD centers – Shillong, Pratapnagar, Dharampur, Sundergarh, Trivandrum, Paharganj, and Malad were awarding for their remarkable contribution in enhancing the quality of programmes in iLEAD.Our partners – Microsoft, Accenture, HCL Foundation, BRLPS, RSLDC, Himayat, DSAG, GUDM, Tata Trusts and Tata Power were felicitated during the event for their valuable contribution and support in Aide et Action’s iLEAD Programme.

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Speaking at this occasion, Regional Head for Livelihood Education, of Aide et Action International south Asia, Dr. Aishwarya Mahajan shared that more than 75% youth are placed and around 41% are women beneficiaries where as 78% are from socio economic backward category. The iLEAD programme is also operational in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia and Philippines.

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